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Friday, December 13, 2013
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Beetham people have it too nice
I am writing in response to the grave inconvenience the residents of Beetham Gardens have imposed upon myself and more importantly my kids once again. How can a portion of the population be so selfish and cruel to the rest of the nation by strategically choosing the first day of the new school term to carry out a near-riot? This unruly behaviour is a result of the unfortunate shooting of a 23-year-old man during a mobile patrol in the area. Yes, we are all disheartened as another Trinbagonian son is laid to rest; however, the way these residents chose to demonstrate their concern is unacceptable. Why don’t they stage fiery protests when there are gang-related crimes within their area?
Why don’t these “Beethamians” exert the same amount of effort, or even half, on rehabilitating their youths and fixing their community? How can the rest of the nation feel empathy when they react in such barbaric and inconsiderate ways? My shock and horror was then heightened even more on seeing the behaviour of the area’s residents on the news. There was also a blatant lack of law, order and respect...too much freedom again. This is not the first time the entire nation has been seriously disrupted in their day-to-day lives by the reactions emerging from these communities and I urge the Government to take a more stern approach. I vividly remember Manning, during his tenure, threatening in Parliament to “beef up” security during the ex-Caroni workers’ potential protest. It seems everyone, to my dismay, has conveniently forgotten those days.
People are all too comfortable with the amount of freedom they are currently luxuriating in and have forgotten the Manning days. Too much freedom is not a good thing, case in point: the excruciating four-hour car ride that myself, my kids and so many other families suffered through on that day. In every modern society there has to be a balance between two things: the exercising of free speech/expression and the control of such speech/expression so that there is still preservation of peace and order. During the Manning administration there was too much restraint and during the PP regime we now have too much freedom. I encourage the government to find this balance; please exercise more restraint and control in these situations. Stating this more colloquially, these people “have it too nice” from this Government.
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